ERIC and Rowena Whiting of dedicated countless hours to the Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists.
This dedication was recognised recently at the organisation's 25 year anniversary celebrations with the pair both receiving life membership to the group.
Back in 1994 Mr Whiting placed the following ad in The Irrigator: "interested in our native flora and fauna? Like to share your interest Well take this opportunity and come to the launching of a Field Naturalist Group for Leeton".
From there the first meeting was held, attended by 22 people, and the organisation steadily started to grow and find its feet.
"Those early years were really active times," Mr Whiting said. "Right from the start excursions followed the meeting nights and soon doubled in numbers when Bill and Patty moved to Griffith in 1996 and created the Griffith branch meeting at the DPI rooms there.
"This has been the practice ever since with only a few misses."
During the 25 years it hasn't all been excursions and meetings.
The group has ran several workshops and projects focusing on aspects such as conservation, monitored and tracked particular bird species and been a vital part of twitchathons and the Narrandera koala count.
"I am hopeful that the camaraderie we have built up over the years will see us through any difficult times, and we continue to build on the collective knowledge for years to come," Mr Whiting said.
For more information about joining the group, visit https://mfn.org.au/.
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